Tom Brady just wrapped up one of the finest seasons ever by anyone to have played quarterback in the NFL. It came just three years after setting an all-time record with 50 touchdowns and 16 wins in one season.
He's 33, and he'll be 34 when he lines up under center for the Patriots next September, but don't let that make you think he's preparing for a decline.
The quarterback was part of a Bill Simmons profile on ESPN.com, in which the rivalry between Brady and Peyton Manning was examined in great depth. While it's certainly a fabulous read, some of Brady's comments may have gotten buried.
"It never goes through my mind that my best days could be behind me," Brady told Simmons. "I think my best days are ahead of me, actually. I still think I can get better."
Brady explained that he is becoming smarter and continues to work harder than he ever has, even working out so hard after last year's playoff defeat that a concerned friend advised him to take it easy.
Despite the comprehensive story told in Simmons' piece, Brady wasn't willing to look back.
"I don't like being reflective," he said in the story. "I feel like I'm at the midpoint of my career. Whatever people say in the future, I don't care. What I feel the best about is winning a football game. That's it."
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